Letters About Literature

Letters About Literature

Letters About Literature is an annual national reading and writing contest for students in grades 4-12, run through the Library of Congress. Students across the country are asked to read a book, poem, or speech and write to the author (living or dead) about how the work affected them personally. Letters are judged on state and national levels with Nevada winners announced in May and national winners announced by the Library of Congress in late spring. Students have the chance to win prizes at both the state and national levels.


Students will compete on three levels: Level 1  grades 4, 5, and 6; Level 2 grades 7 and 8; and Level 3 grades 9-12. Note: Students under the age 13 (as of November 1, 2018), must obtain and and upload signed consent from their parent/legal guardian to be eligible to enter. The downloadable consent form can be found at: read.gov/letters. Typed letters should be submitted online beginning on November 1, 2018, and all letters must be submitted online to the Library of Congress by January 11, 2019. Letters About Literature is sponsored by the Library of Congress Center for the Book and the Nevada Center for the Book. For all details about the 2018-2019 Letters About Literature competition and awards please visit their website.

 

2018 Letters About Literature Winning Letters
Nevada’s 2018 winning Letters About Literature, written by high school student Gus Pappas to author Connor Franta, a letter to Plato by middle-schooler Katelyn Lee, and fifth-grader Elise Choi’s letter to Victor Hugo can be found on our Double Down blog. Read about the 2018 Letters About Literature program and winners by downloading our press release.